Plant A Row, Grow A Row, Share a Row

Donate your garden vegetables to help feed people in need & learn what to do with tree fruit.

Jims Garden PARGAR

Plant A Row, Grow A Row, Share a Row for those in need.

How often is it that you can enjoy a favorite hobby and help others in your community at the same time? The Plant a Row, Grow a Row, Share a Row program is a fun way to do both. This program invites local gardeners to grow an extra row of vegetables for donation to Edmonton’s Food Bank.

How it works:

  1. Plant your seeds and nurture your garden (see below for the best crops for donation.)
  2. At harvest simply remove the majority of the garden dirt and take your produce to the Food Bank warehouse (11508 120 Street.)
  3. Pat yourself on the back for a making a wonderful contribution to your community!

What crops are best to donate?

Root vegetables are best; however, any produce that can be easily handled and stored, including broccoli, cabbage, carrots, peas, beans, tomatoes, radishes, parsnips, sweet peppers, and summer squash (including zucchini) are welcome. Your donation, whether it’s a handful of green beans, a bag of beets, or a truckload of zucchini, will be appreciated and put to good use.

Root vegetables are best as they keep the longest.

Potatoes, carrots, and beets have a long shelf life and easily stored.

Answer

  • We ask that you remove most of the dirt from your crop, but you don't need to wash the vegetables (in fact, if you wash them they won't last as long.) In the case of vegetables with tops (like carrots) you can also remove the tops, which helps the vegetables last longer.

  • Unfortunately, we don't accept crab apples but we can accept the larger eating apples. We encourage fruit growers to share their extra crabapples with neighbours and friends - they make good jelly and preserves! You can also contact Prairie North Cider Company. They accept a variety of fruit for their cider making and even offer fruit donors rewards!

  • Unfortunately, we don't have volunteers to do this and recommend people contact Fruits of Sherbrooke or Operation Fruit Rescue early in the season. These groups may be able to help. A fruit picking party is also a great idea. Ask friends and neighbours over to come pick as much as they want!

FAQs

Do I need to clean or prepare my garden vegetables before donating?

We ask that you remove most of the dirt from your crop, but you don't need to wash the vegetables (in fact, if you wash them they won't last as long.) In the case of vegetables with tops (like carrots) you can also remove the tops, which helps the vegetables last longer.

Do you accept crabapples?

Unfortunately, we don't accept crab apples but we can accept the larger eating apples. We encourage fruit growers to share their extra crabapples with neighbours and friends - they make good jelly and preserves! You can also contact Prairie North Cider Company. They accept a variety of fruit for their cider making and even offer fruit donors rewards!

I can't pick all the fruit from my tree, can you send someone out to help and take the fruit for the Food Bank?

Unfortunately, we don't have volunteers to do this and recommend people contact Fruits of Sherbrooke or Operation Fruit Rescue early in the season. These groups may be able to help. A fruit picking party is also a great idea. Ask friends and neighbours over to come pick as much as they want!

Jim in his garden

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